DAHLONEGA, Ga. – With the new year a few days old, the North Georgia College & State University women's basketball team is ready to hit the hardwood again. The Saint women will tip off the 2013 portion of their 2012-13 season with a 1:30 p.m. Peach Belt Conference game against Georgia College on Saturday, Jan. 5.
The game is being dubbed "Family Day" as families will be admitted into the game for $10 while single tickets will remain the normal prices. There will also be fun games at both half time of the women's and men's game and everybody in attendance will receive free popcorn.
The Saint's closed out 2012 on a two-game winning streak to finish 4-5 and 2-0 in conference action after road wins over Armstrong Atlantic State University and Flagler College.
North Georgia has worked hard to gel as a team and enters Saturday game shooting 35.4% from the field, but shooting just 28.7% from three-point range as a team compared to 34.9% by their opposition.
Similar to last season, All-American Jaymee Carnes leads bother the team and the conference with a double-double average on the court, and if last season is any indication, she will only continue to get better. The Gainesville, Ga. native averages 20.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game and shoots 40.4% from the field. A 6-0 forward, she is also second on the team with 10 three-pointers for the season behind freshman Molly Rainwater who has 16 treys.
Sophomore guard Stephanie Huffman has been good for 10.8 points per game and, despite being a guard, also adds 7.8 rebounds per contest while Rainwater averages 2.6 assists per outing.
The last time North Georgia played, junior transfer Mimi Hill gave her team quite the boost in the 63-58 win with a break out performance of 17 points and seven rebounds. Hill and Rainwater both currently average 5.8 points per outing.
The Bobcats of Georgia College will play the University of North Carolina Pembroke at home on Thursday, Jan. 3 before traveling to Dahlonega to take on the Saints on Saturday in a West Division showdown. Georgia College (6-3, 2-0 PBC), which enters Saturday night trailing North Georgia 21-33 in the all-time record, has lost to West Georgia, Carson-Newman and Anderson this season and are 2-2 away from their home gym.
As a team, the Bobcats are shooting 41.7% from the field and shooting 37% from three-point range while opponents are shooting just 36.5% and 28.2% from beyond the arc. They are currently averaging just under 61 points per outing while their first nine opponents have averaged just under 60 points per game.
Three players average double-digit points led by starters Shanteona Keys and Erin Donley. Keys leads the way with 17.6 points per game while Donley chips in 11.3 per game.
Keys' point average has her currently sixth in the Peach Belt while her 50.9% shooting from the field is good enough for eighth-best. But she has been lethal from three-point range as she has hit on 44.4% of her looks which leads the team and league in the category.
The final player for Georgia College to average double-digit points is Krysta Lewis who has come off the bench to average 10.0 points per game.